When it comes to race, we all know that the language used when discussing it sets the tone.
Good Morning America host Amy Robach recently used language that took us back to the civil rights era when she referred to black people as “colored people”.
In a segment where she and her co host were talking about the controversy surrounding Zendaya being chose to play Mary Jane in the upcoming Spider Man series, Robach said:
“Now we all know Hollywood has received recent and quite a bit of criticism for casting white actors in what one might assume should be a role reserved for colored people.”
The term ‘colored people’ struck a nerve with many, as the phrase has, historically, held negative connotations.
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After receiving some backlash, Robach returned to the air and apologized for the error, saying she meant to say ‘people of color’:
“I sincerely apologize. It was a mistake and is not at all a reflection of how I feel or speak in my everyday life.”